Program evaluation (51 - 60 of 163 items)
Digital Television Transition: Preliminary Information on Progress of the DTV Transition
GAO-08-191T: Published: Oct 17, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 17, 2007.
On February 17, 2009, federal law requires all full-power television stations in the United States to cease analog broadcasting, enabling the government to reclaim valuable spectrum that the broadcasters currently use for analog broadcasts. This change, often referred to as the digital television (DTV) transition, requires action by broadcasters and consumers to ensure broadcast television signals...
Energy Efficiency: Opportunities Exist for Federal Agencies to Better Inform Household Consumers
GAO-07-1162: Published: Sep 26, 2007. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 2007.
Household energy use accounts for nearly one-fourth of all energy consumed in the United States, amounting to more than $200 billion per year spent by consumers. Recent increases in energy prices have heightened consumers' interest in making their households more energy efficient. To this end, the federal government manages two key efforts--EnergyGuide and Energy Star--to inform consumers about th...
Small Business Administration: Preliminary Views on Issues Related to the Women's Business Center Program
GAO-07-1244T: Published: Sep 20, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 20, 2007.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides training and counseling services to women entrepreneurs through the Women's Business Center (WBC) program. With approximately $12 million in fiscal year 2007, SBA funded awards to 99 WBCs. However, Congress and WBCs have expressed concerns about the uncertain nature of the program's funding structure. Concerns have also been raised about the possibi...
Alaska Native Corporations: Increased Use of Special 8(a) Provisions Calls for Tailored Oversight
GAO-07-1251T: Published: Sep 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2007.
Alaska Native corporations (ANC) were created to settle land claims with Alaska Natives and foster economic development. In 1986, legislation passed that allowed ANCs to participate in the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 8(a) program. Since then, Congress has extended special procurement advantages to 8(a) ANC firms, such as the ability to receive sole-source contracts for any dollar amount...
Federal Advertising: Established Programs Were Largely Used to Address Executive Order Directive to Ensure Small and Minority-Owned Business Participation
GAO-07-877: Published: Jul 12, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2007.
In 2005, federal spending on advertising exceeded $1 billion. Five agencies--DOD, Treasury, HHS, Interior, and NASA--together made up over 90 percent of this spending from 2001 to 2005. Executive Order 13170, signed in October 2000, directs agencies to take an aggressive role in ensuring substantial participation in federal advertising contracts by businesses in the Small Business Administration's...
Small Business Administration: Additional Measures Needed to Assess 7(a) Loan Program's Performance
GAO-07-769: Published: Jul 13, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 13, 2007.
The Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) program, initially established in 1953, provides loan guarantees to small businesses that cannot obtain credit in the conventional lending market. In fiscal year 2006, the program assisted more than 80,000 businesses with loan guarantees of nearly $14 billion. This report examines (1) the program's purpose, based on its legislative history, and perfor...
Bankruptcy Reform: Value of Credit Counseling Requirements Is Not Clear
GAO-07-778T: Published: May 1, 2007. Publicly Released: May 1, 2007.
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 requires individuals to receive credit counseling before filing for bankruptcy and to take a debtor education course before having debts discharged. Concerns were raised that the new requirements could expose consumers to abusive practices by credit counseling agencies or become barriers to filing for bankruptcy. This testimony is...
Bankruptcy Reform: Value of Credit Counseling Requirement Is Not Clear
GAO-07-203: Published: Apr 6, 2007. Publicly Released: Apr 24, 2007.
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 requires individuals to receive credit counseling before filing for bankruptcy and to take a debtor education course before having debts discharged. Concerns were raised that the new requirements could expose consumers to abusive practices by credit counseling agencies or become barriers to filing for bankruptcy. GAO was asked to...
Emergency Preparedness: Current Emergency Alert System Has Limitations, and Development of a New Integrated System Will Be Challenging
GAO-07-411: Published: Mar 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2007.
During emergencies, the public needs accurate and timely information. Through the Emergency Alert System (EAS), the media play a pivotal role, assisting emergency management personnel in communicating to the public. GAO reviewed (1) the media's ability to meet federal requirements for participating in EAS, (2) stakeholder views on the challenges facing EAS and potential changes to it, and (3) the...
Small Business Administration: Additional Steps Needed to Enhance Agency Preparedness for Future Disasters
GAO-07-114: Published: Feb 14, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 2007.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government's primary provider of disaster loans to businesses, homeowners, and renters. In a previous report (GAO- 06-860), GAO found that SBA's limited information systems planning contributed to delays in processing disaster loans for the victims of the 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes (Katrina, Rita, and Wilma). To provide further insight into ho...